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English Language Arts

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in English language arts.
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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

Igniting Student Writer Voice with Writing Process Strategies

Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.

A Hunger for Dystopia: Critical Thinking on the Journey to Self-Discovery

Contemporary dystopian fiction, including The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games, offers young people a mirror for their society's fears, flaws, shortcomings, and injustices.

Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

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Tweeting the Read-Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

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Games : A Cheat Code into Learning (Vol.1)

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher introduces the concept of Writing 3.0, which is what happens when we redefine the writing process with iPads.

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Winter Reads by Women Writers

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar recommends her six all-time favorite novels by women writers for hours of engaging, meaningful winter reading.

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Student Apps for Winter Reading

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shares a generous list of winter reading apps and ebooks for elementary students in class and with their families.

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Common Core in Action: How One Art Teacher is Implementing Common Core

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller talks with art teacher Cheri Jorgensen about how she has adapted her curriculum to include Common Core ELA standards.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Literacy Starts with the Alphabet

Learning the ABCs is critical for early literacy. VideoAmy has collected some fun alphabet videos and resources to use with students -- from the youngest beginners to older readers.

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Pen Pals in the 21st Century

While many consider the pen pal an analog age artifact, blogger and teacher Lisa Mims demonstrates how this very human form of communication is alive and well in her classroom - and relevant to her curriculum.

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Engaging Pre-Service Teachers in Authentic Writing Instruction

Guest blogger Troy Hicks, a teacher educator at Central Michigan University, describes how he fosters inspiration and excitement about the craft of writing for future elementary and middle school educators.

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Writing Superhero Conclusions with the Phantom Endings Exercise

Guest Blogger Caroline Trull introduces phantom endings, an ELA compositional exercise that teaches students how a concluding paragraph works and how to write one.

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Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts

Blogger Todd Finley looks at Standard 9 of the CCSS and, with his usual flair, suggests an entertaining range of complex nonverbal texts for students to analyze.

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

Edutopia blogger David Cutler believes that the best writing teachers model writing for their students. He suggests six strategies, including continuing to hone your own craft and demonstrating the value of sharing finished work.

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Anatomy of a Project: Kinetic Conundrum
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Anatomy of a Project: "Kinetic Conundrum"

Art, history, engineering, language arts, and technology, both old and new, come together for eighth grade students in this rich project learning expedition at King Middle School in Portland, Maine.

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George Lucas on Teaching Visual Literacy and Communications
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George Lucas: Teaching "Communication"

An interview with the founder and chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation on the new visual language of learning and teaching.

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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

A storytelling app helps students use technology to produce and publish writing, collaborate with others, and hit the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing.

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Technology Integration Research Review: Evidence-Based Programs by Subject

Technology integration is a broad umbrella; applications and strategies vary by academic discipline. Edutopia's research analyst reviews subject-specific research and recommends programs for each.

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